These are some of the films that are in the queue to watch. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box!
Night on Earth – A story of five cab rides going on simultaneously around the world. Made many best-of lists. Familiar faces, 91% audience score on RT.
Exotica – Also on Ebert’s all-time list, 97% on RT.
Burning – A Korean drama/thriller. 95% on RT and on Rolling Stone’s best of the decade list. Glowing reviews.
Hustlers – Story of NY strippers who get their revenge on the establishment. 88% on RT.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Story of a woman hired to paint a bride but ends up falling in love with her. 97% on RT.
Her Smell – Elizabeth Moss as an out-of-control indie rocker. Critics loved it, the audiences seemed less enthused.
Official Secrets – Story of British whistleblower before the Iraq war. Keira Knightley.
Ash is the Purest White – A tragicomedy from China. 98% on RT.
Jojo Rabbit – The satire about a boy and his imaginary friend Hitler.
Beautiful Kate – A woman returns home to see dying father only to have secrets unfold.
Goodbye Solo – An old white southern man hires a black man to drive him to a mountain where he will commit suicide. 92% on RT, 4 stars from Ebert.
Dreamland – story of a family living and struggling in the dust bowl. Margot Robbie, 80% on RT.
Hotel Splendide – bizzare satirical comedy starring Toni Collette and Daniel Craig.
Three Times – Ebert gave it four stars and said it was exquisite and impossible to find.
The Beat that My Heart Skipped – Gritty french drama, it won movie of the year there.
Jellyfish – Coming-of-age movie about a difficult teen with a hidden talent.
The Trouble With the Truth – Lea Thompson drama, 94% on RT.
Mustang – The story of five young friends in Turkey as they spend their summer together knowing that they will eventually be subject to arranged marriages. 97% on RT.
Low Low – A group of friends navigate the last days of summer.
Happy Accidents – Marissa Tomei in a very quirky indie rom com. I liked her other work from this era.
Humpday – An early work by Lynn Shelton and a Duplas brother.
The Art of Self-Defense – An offbeat movie starring Jessie Eisenberg. Some described it as a funny version of Fight Club.
Top End Wedding – 86% on RT. A woman’s mother has gone missing days before her wedding in Australia.
Love is Now – Australian film that chronicles that unexpected journey of a couple in new love.
Rosie – The story of a mother trying to keep it together after the landlord kicks out the family.
The Inland Road – An indie drama with a good review.
Amour – Retired couple have to deal with their daughter having a heart attack. I’ve heard about this one for years.
Transit – 95% on RT. A German refugee takes the identity of a dead writer in WW2.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Drama where a group of men (including the suspect) spend the night trying to find the victim. Drama ensues. Made many best-of lists.
Maze – Story of 1983 IRA prisoner jailbreak. 100% on RT, described as extremely intelligent.
The Idea of Manhood – Two friends get together for a day to discuss their shortcomings. An unexpected conversation ensues.
Fireworks Wednesday – Another film by the aforementioned Iranian director. 100% on RT.
Women on the Balcony – An entertaining and enlightening look at what happens when ultratraditional religion meets some progressive women. 96% on RT.
The Conductor – Another indie gamble? It looks intriguing.
House of Games – Early David Mammet, on Ebert’s list.
The Wild Pear Tree – 94%, listed as an intelligent drama
Soul Kitchen – A well-reviewed indie comedy
Yesterday – A man wakes up to find that the world has never heard of the beatles. Romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Laggies).
An Audience of Chairs – Indie movie about a talented but schizophrenic musician who loses control over her children.
Zama – Black comedy / period piece.
The Hunt – We enjoyed the work of the lead actor in other films.
A Fortunate Man – The few reviews I could find on this movie were good
Blame – I am a sucker for the coming-of-age dramas
If Beale Street Could Talk – Another one that got rave reviews
Bubble – Not unlike the amazing The Rider, this film was made with regular people and not actors. Very mixed reviews with Ebert saying that he thought it was the second best movie of 2006.
Good Movie Lists
Indies – A Good Movie to Watch – Not that I want to give props to another site but I’ve been following this list for a while
Paste Magazine 75 Best Indie movies
ew.com Best movies you’ve never seen